Human Movement & Sport Sciences : Engineering and Ergonomics
The STAPS Master's: The main objective of Engineering and Ergonomics of Physical Activity is to train professionals with multidisciplinary skills in human movement sciences and engineering sciences, and includes a single standard course entitled ‘Engineering and Human Movement Sciences’. It is offered to students coming from the STAPS, Basic Sciences and Engineering Sciences university courses as well as to engineering students as a dual degree.
This dual proficiency in engineering + human movement sciences is an asset when designing machines where humans are included in the mix, and which are developed to interact with or assist human beings (robot carers, human-machine interfaces, cobotics, surgical robots, etc.), as well as for measuring, analysing and modelling human movement in different professional contexts and challenges (physical ergonomics, sports performance, healthy and pathological human movement, etc.).
Based on knowledge of human behaviour (neurosciences, motor control, psychophysics), on scientific methodology (tools and methods for the analysis of human movement, statistics), and on physical engineering (mathematics for movement, mechanics, robotics, programming), the Master 1 year allows students to obtain core multidisciplinary skills. These skills are reinforced and implemented through student projects (technical report, business management, technology project, work placement).
These initial skills are supplemented or deepened in Master 2, particularly in the field of physical ergonomics, musculoskeletal modelling and the system approach, as well as by learning about carer robots and adaptive control.
This course involves several academic partners within the Université Paris-Saclay. Courses are delivered and shared by the following departments or partner institutions: UFR STAPS, CentraleSupélec, UVSQ, UFR Sciences (Physics and Biology Department), Polytech Paris-Sud.
Profiles of graduates of the STAPS (Sports science) Master's programme: IEAP can be described through skills acquired in the following areas:
- Analysis and modeling of movement: through an integrated approach to studying the specificities of human movement, these graduates have developed in-depth skills in acquisition, analysis and modeling of human movement
- Motion engineering: placing great emphasis on the use analytical methods and tools, the programme provides graduates with solid skills in processing signals not only in the field of human movement but also in that of robotics
- Management of innovative projects and corporate understanding: through content specifically designed to impart understanding of the professional environment and the development of innovative projects, these graduates display project management skills in R&D areas that explore the movement of human beings interacting with their environment.
- Scientific approach and communication: students have the capacity to engage in a scientific approach in response to a question; to select, justify and implement methodologies and procedures; and to disseminate and transfer knowledge in French and English
There are no transfer paths in this discipline since there is only one study path.
As part of the selection for entry into this Master 1 (Law of 23/12/2016) and within the bounds of intake capacities, applicants must as a prerequisite hold a valid qualification in one of the following disciplines:
STAPS and Physical Engineering, APA&S Staps, STAPS Sports Training, STAPS Engineering and Ergonomics of Physical Activity; Life sciences; Science and Technology; Mathematics; Biology & Health, Physical Engineering.
The programme also accepts students or professionals from a paramedical training background (Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Ergonomics, Osteopathy, Podiatry, Medicine, nursing, and so on).
Applicants from other study backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly international students.
For students in undergraduate studies, particular attention will be paid to the results of the final science exams. The results must be compatible with obtaining a good grade ("mention") in L3 (equivalent to a First- or Second-Class Bachelor's degree, a C+ or lower second-class honours).
Given the multidisciplinary nature of the Master's degree, students will discover new educational content that is not necessarily linked to their undergraduate studies:
- Engineering sciences (and some aspects of mathematics) for students from STAPS, Biology, Cognitive Sciences, Ergonomics.
- Sciences of human movement for students with an undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences, Mathematics or Physics.
Students will therefore have to demonstrate their motivation to engage in such studies and acquire knowledge and skills in scientific and technological fields that are new to them.
Acquire and implement complex and highly specialised multidisciplinary knowledge
Implement a scientific approach with a view to the dissemination and transfer of knowledge
Design, coordinate and manage innovation projects in engineering and the ergonomics of physical activity, sport, leisure, work and health.
Evaluate, analyse and model motor skills and human activity with a view, in particular, to identifying the needs of people in a given situation
Participate in the design of environments or technology (in particular robotics) adapted to practitioners / operators / patients in the fields of sport, leisure, work and health.
Put into operation a physical ergonomic approach at the service of and for practitioners / operators / patients as part of a project in the fields of sport, leisure, work and health